Do you know the attack sequence?

Planned attacks by experienced individuals follow a sequence that they go through on just about every incidence. Granted there are added portions to the sequence depending on the target evaluation done as well as the security element they will confront, if any at all. There is one specific part of the sequence that occurs in EVERY planned attack-SURVEILLANCE.

Understanding the attack sequence thoroughly how how it unfolds gives a well trained security team an advantage to thwart an attack before the sequence gets to the attack phase. In order to detect surveillance it is important to know how to conduct surveillance yourself. If you don’t know what it looks like you won’t know what you are looking for.

In as much as we work long arduous hours, so must the person(s) conducting surveillance. Anyone that has conducted surveillance knows that there is a downside to conducting surveillance. The mere stress that occurs when you are following someone and trying not to be detected is difficult. When conducting true surveillance there are no lunch breaks, dinner breaks per se. All of these factors play havoc on a surveillant. Staying covert while maintaining visual is stressful to even a seasoned individual.

How do we, as protection specialists, make it difficult as well as make them move on to another softer target? Routine kills! Vary your routes, times, vehicles etc. The other major thing you should be doing is surveillance detection. As Mark says, “If you’re not looking for it you won’t find it!” Interrrupting the attack sequence during the surveillance phases is far less lethal than dealing with the attack sequence at the end-ON THE ATTACK.

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